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Beanie Feldstein to Star in ‘Funny Girl’ Broadway Revival

Beanie Feldstein to Star in ‘Funny Girl’ Broadway Revival

A Broadway revival of Funny Girl is aiming to open next year with Beanie Feldstein in the starring role originated by Barbra Streisand.

Producers announced Wednesday (Aug. 11) that Feldstein, the Booksmart and Lady Bird actor, will star as Ziegfeld Follies comedian Fanny Brice in spring 2022 at a Broadway theater to be announced.

Funny Girl has a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart. This will be the first Broadway revival of the 1964 musical, which received eight Tony nominations, but lost them all. Streisand lost best actress in a musical to Carol Channing, the star of the night’s big winner, Hello, Dolly!, but more than made up for it when she won an Oscar for the 1968 film adaptation.

This will not be the first time Feldstein has tackled the part: “The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my 3rd birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me. So, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true,” she said in a statement.

Rumors of a Funny Girl revival have swirled for years, with performers like Idina Menzel and Lady Gaga speculated to be connected to the show. Songs include “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Feldstein made her Broadway debut in 2017 in the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly!

The new production of Funny Girl will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, who also helmed Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Spring Awakening. It will have a revised book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

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